A burin is a short steel rod cut to a diamond point that is used as a tool in etching and engraving. The tool is usually used to incise engravings in metal plates, which are then used for printmaking. The term is derived from the French word meaning ‘cold chisel’.

The Three Trees by Rembrandt, 1643, etching with burin
drypoint in black ink on cream laid paper, 8 x 11.

The Three Trees by Rembrandt, 1643, etching with burin